Announcing MHA Executive Director Search

By February 5, 2018

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Position:  Executive Director, Mormon History Association

This person oversees and administers all aspects of the organization, reporting to the MHA President and Board of Directors.

About MHA:

The Mormon History Association is a nonprofit, independent, nondenominational organization dedicated to the scholarly study and understanding of all aspects of Mormon history, broadly defined. We promote this mission through scholarly research, conferences, awards, and publications.

Qualifications:

Proven record of experience in administrative work, preferably in the nonprofit field, with demonstrated competence in the following areas: accounting/bookkeeping and records management; public relations and communications; fundraising, donor relations, and capital development; event planning and coordination. Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to be innovative and creative in generating new ideas and responding to external demands. Proficiency in newsletter publishing software, electronic communications, and records management is required; web design and social media expertise strongly preferred. The position requires personal flexibility, energy, diplomacy, and the ability to work independently.

The MHA Executive Director need not be a scholar of Mormon history, but should be able to enthusiastically support and publicly represent the organization’s mission, as well as interacting with the MHA membership which includes both professional historians and enthusiasts from a variety of religious backgrounds (or none at all).

Position Responsibilities:

The Executive Director is an independent contractor who reports to the MHA President and Board of Directors while also working autonomously to provide day-to-day administration of MHA operations and programs and ensure that the organization is financially sound. The Executive Director also serves as a voting member of the Board of Directors.

It is expected that the Executive Director’s term will commence on June 1, 2018. MHA currently does not have permanent office space; whether the Executive Director would work from home or require dedicated office space can be negotiated.

Responsibilities of the position fall into five general areas, all of which are accomplished through collaboration with the MHA President and Board of Directors:

Membership

  • Serves as the Association’s primary interface with its members and represents the Association in the community at large
  • Maintains frequent contact with MHA membership to foster awareness of needs, interests, and concerns
  • Proactively works to recruit and retain membership
  • Maintains and reviews membership records, in collaboration with University of Illinois Press which publishes the Journal of Mormon History

Communications and Publications

  • Handles internal and external communications for the Association
  • Publishes quarterly newsletter and periodic communications to MHA membership
  • Consults and coordinates with editor of the Journal of Mormon History and with the journal publisher
  • Maintains website and/or works closely with web designer to update and maintain the site

Conference Planning and Administration

  • Plans and executes arrangements for annual conference, including site selection, vendor contracts, and facilities arrangements
  • Prepares conference budget; solicits and makes arrangements for exhibitors and advertisers
  • Coordinates with and supports the Program Committee and Local Arrangements Committee and carries out arrangements for awards (as determined by Awards Committee)
  • Prepares and arranges for publication of conference program
  • Takes leading role in publicity efforts for conference

Financial Management and Development

  • Administers day-to-day financial operations, such as paying bills, recording daily deposits and credit card remittances, performing monthly bank reconciliations, keeping all financial records, preparing budgets and submitting financial statements and reports
  • Works closely with contracted accounting firm in the preparation of IRS form 990 and in executing above requirements
  • Works closely with President and Finance Chair in development and fundraising efforts

Administrative

  • Supports and advises board members
  • Organizes and prepares agenda for board meetings
  • Maintains and updates board handbook; advises board regarding bylaws and procedures
  • Hires and supervises support staff and volunteers when needed
  • Negotiates and monitors contracts with vendors

Compensation:

Negotiable, commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Submit a letter of application expressing your interest, qualifications, and vision for the position, a professional résumé, and the names and contact information of two references to search committee chair Patrick Mason either electronically at pqmason@gmail.com or in hard copy at 831 N. Dartmouth Ave, Claremont, CA 91711.  Questions may also be directed toward Patrick Mason by e-mail or phone, 909-607-8362.

Review of applications will begin February 12, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

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